"I would not kill my enemies,
but I will make them get down on their knees.
I will, I can, I must."
Here's how it begins:
"I’m enthralled by the late singer Maria Callas — her voice, her life. I also have a thing for the somewhat obscure German contralto Emmi Leisner (1885-1958). But perhaps like many of us, I’ve always thought of opera as a high-brow version of the musical, which, with the exception of Fred Astaire movies, I pretty much can’t stand.
But the real deal, I have to admit, is I’m cowed by opera: I’m afraid I don’t know enough about music to 'get' it.
That was before I went to a recent luncheon talk given by the Australian theater and opera director Barrie Kosky, who made his U.S. debut last year at the L.A. opera with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” He’s back again this season with a double bill: Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” (1689), and Béla Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” (1911)."
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And down on your knees!!